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Watercolour Christmas Balls Art November 7, 2015

Filed under: christmas,crafts — karenevoy @ 5:21 am

Today was Fine Arts Friday… and we started Christmas art, oh yes, we did!

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Oil pastels.

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Christmas 2014 Memories. December 25, 2014

Filed under: christmas,family — karenevoy @ 4:34 am

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Cliodhna practicing for her first recital- Silent Night.

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No Stress Chess. A fun new game that was a huge hit! Papa would be proud!

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Visit with Mel! Cliodhna wanted everyone to play in her closet.

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Jay bought the kids plungers for Christmas… they loved them!

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Another new game that was loads of fun!

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Of Course, there was Lego.

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Bit of a weapon theme??KAi was delighted, and it was mild enough that Jay set up targets right away!

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Grammy Snuggles.

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Infinity Scarf I knit for mom.

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And Wilderness Knives with Grandpa Evoy- Hey, remember when I wasn’t even going to do toy guns?? Should have thought about that, before I married, and birthed a country boy!

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Off to the Theatre on Boxing day.

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Kai reading by the tree.

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Sleepover by the tree!

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The kids worked all year to earn points (dollars) to give to the charity of their choice. They love choosing! Kai chose to give to an organization called Sole Hope in Uganda, that helps children with jiggers in their feet to get medical care, and provide shoes for them. Cliodhna decided this year that she wanted to give to people locally.

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Christmas 2014- crafts.

Filed under: christmas,crafts — karenevoy @ 4:14 am

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How We Do Christmas (all in one post) November 21, 2013

Filed under: advent,christmas,jesse tree,Traditions — karenevoy @ 5:07 am

Early in December we set out our nativity leaving the manger empty until Christmas morning.

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We also set out our pots, and bowl of hay seed.

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Each act of loving kindness gets a seed to be planted. Growth.

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Come Christmas morning we cut the hay and lay it in the manger for Jesus.

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It’s our gift.

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New to our family this year is The Sparkle Box. It is a heartfelt Christmas story that celebrates the beauty and excitement of the Christmas season, while gently bringing the true meaning of Christmas into focus through a story that features a powerful Christmas tradition.  Children and adults of all ages will be captivated by The Sparkle Box and forever changed when they discover the Sparkle Box is a gift that honors Jesus on his birthday.

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The Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Jesus will meet us there!

Slips of paper, and a pen are set out from mid November, until Christmas day. We will fill each stocking with love notes of encouragement and thanksgiving for one another. Come Christmas morning, we will read our gifts, and be filled, beyond anything we could have stuffed in those socks!  There is a stocking for Jesus as well; a place to offer gifts from our hearts, to His.

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Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot–yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old root…In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place. Isaiah 11:1, 10

DSC_0750 The nativity story didn’t start with a journey to Bethlehem, an emperor’s decree, or a virgin conception—it began with Adam! Exploring the lineage of Jesus through the Advent tradition of the Jesse tree, Voskamp retraces the epic pageantry of mankind from Genesis to God’s greatest gift—his Son. A timeless reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!

Our ornaments are all ready to embrace what I’m sure will be a new family favourite!

We started the Jesse Tree tradition years ago, and the it is hands down the kid’s most loved tradition.

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What is a Jesse Tree?

It’s a way of celebrating the Advent season that addresses, in particular, how the Old Testament stories all pointed to the coming of Christ.

Where does the name come from?

Isaiah 11:1-2

So how does it work?

There are several different versions of the Jesse Tree tradition.  In our family, we begin on December 1.  Each day, we read a different Old Testament story (beginning with creation on December 1 on through the nativity on December 24).  Corresponding to each story is a small ornament, representative of that particular story   After our brief reading we hang the ornament on the quilted Christmas tree.  By Christmas Eve, we have a tree full of ornaments!

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Highly anticipated is  reading a chapter from the Jotham’s Journey Advent Stories.

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And opening a door each day of our magnetic calendar.

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For families who yearn for Christmas to be a true celebration of Christ’s birth on earth, the Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader provides daily readings that are biblically-based and culturally rich. With intriguing stories explaining well-known Christmas customs, each reading features a different portion of the libretto from Handel’s Messiah and offers a spiritual insight that links the story to an important principle. The book also includes a CD with portions of Handel’s Messiah to enhance the experience.

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What Does God want for Christmas???

http://www.amazon.com/What-God-Wants-For-Christmas/dp/1602004285

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I have a passion for Christmas books, and family movies. To add to the excitement, I wrap each one up, to be opened throughout the season. This now starts in November, because I have collected so many over the years!

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The-Nativity-Story

A Christmas game, that always brings on giggles

!http://www.christianbook.com/to-bethlehem-game/pd/652836?item_code=WW&netp_id=503954&event=ESRCG&view=details

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After years of teaching my children that it’s not all about the presents, I would then watch their flesh take over on Christmas morning!  Tearing through the gifts, diving under the tree looking for one more… I felt like I needed to find a way to help them navigate through this sacred day.

One of the most countercultural traditions we  now have, is that of scaling back on the number of gifts. Also, we decided a few years ago to start opening one or two gifts a day  the week before Christmas. I have found this has aided my children in being appreciative of that gift for the whole day, and not looking for more.

We reserve Christmas day for Jesus.  A cake, opening the stockings, the sparkle box gifts, and looking through gift magazines to offer our gifts to Him. The kids already have been praying and circling the things they would like to give in His name.

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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Goats, Blankets, Books, Toys, Agriculture packs… HOPE!

My Christmas Bucket list:

Bless others around us.

Give anonymous gifts.

Serve.

Invite others in.

Enjoy His Creation!

Go caroling.

Find moments to comfort those who are hurting this season.

Remember it’s about the cross!

May all your celebrations  point to Him!

Merry Christmas,

Kare

 

Christmas 2012 December 25, 2012

Filed under: christmas — karenevoy @ 7:45 pm

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How We do Christmas- All in One Post December 21, 2012

Filed under: advent,christmas — karenevoy @ 3:28 am

Early in December we set out our nativity leaving the manger empty until Christmas morning.

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We also set out our pots, and bowl of hay seed.

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Each act of loving kindness gets a seed to be planted. Growth.

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Come Christmas morning we cut the hay and lay it in the manger for Jesus.

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It’s our gift.

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New to our family this year is The Sparkle Box. It is a heartfelt Christmas story that celebrates the beauty and excitement of the Christmas season, while gently bringing the true meaning of Christmas into focus through a story that features a powerful Christmas tradition.  Children and adults of all ages will be captivated by The Sparkle Box and forever changed when they discover the Sparkle Box is a gift that honors Jesus on his birthday.

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The Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Jesus will meet us there!

Slips of paper, and a pen are set out from mid November, until Christmas day. We will fill each stocking with love notes of encouragement and thanksgiving for one another. Come Christmas morning, we will read our gifts, and be filled, beyond anything we could have stuffed in those socks!  There is a stocking for Jesus as well; a place to offer gifts from our hearts, to His.

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Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot–yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old root…In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place. Isaiah 11:1, 10

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The nativity story didn’t start with a journey to Bethlehem, an emperor’s decree, or a virgin conception—it began with Adam! Exploring the lineage of Jesus through the Advent tradition of the Jesse tree, Voskamp retraces the epic pageantry of mankind from Genesis to God’s greatest gift—his Son. A timeless reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!

Our ornaments are all ready to embrace what I’m sure will be a new family favourite!

We started the Jesse Tree tradition years ago, and the it is hands down the kid’s most loved tradition.

DSC_0352

DSC_0737

What is a Jesse Tree?

It’s a way of celebrating the Advent season that addresses, in particular, how the Old Testament stories all pointed to the coming of Christ.

Where does the name come from?

Isaiah 11:1-2

So how does it work?

There are several different versions of the Jesse Tree tradition.  In our family, we begin on December 1.  Each day, we read a different Old Testament story (beginning with creation on December 1 on through the nativity on December 24).  Corresponding to each story is a small ornament, representative of that particular story   After our brief reading we hang the ornament on the quilted Christmas tree.  By Christmas Eve, we have a tree full of ornaments!

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Highly anticipated is  reading a chapter from the Jotham’s Journey Advent Stories.

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And opening a door each day of our magnetic calendar.

DSC_0140

For families who yearn for Christmas to be a true celebration of Christ’s birth on earth, the Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader provides daily readings that are biblically-based and culturally rich. With intriguing stories explaining well-known Christmas customs, each reading features a different portion of the libretto from Handel’s Messiah and offers a spiritual insight that links the story to an important principle. The book also includes a CD with portions of Handel’s Messiah to enhance the experience.

DSC_0350

What Does God want for Christmas???

http://www.amazon.com/What-God-Wants-For-Christmas/dp/1602004285

DSC_2549

I have a passion for Christmas books, and family movies. To add to the excitement, I wrap each one up, to be opened throughout the season. This now starts in November, because I have collected so many over the years!

DSC_0349

The-Nativity-Story

A Christmas game, that always brings on giggles

!http://www.christianbook.com/to-bethlehem-game/pd/652836?item_code=WW&netp_id=503954&event=ESRCG&view=details

pic455681_md

After years of teaching my children that it’s not all about the presents, I would then watch their flesh take over on Christmas morning!  Tearing through the gifts, diving under the tree looking for one more… I felt like I needed to find a way to help them navigate through this sacred day.

One of the most countercultural traditions we  now have, is that of scaling back on the number of gifts. Also, we decided a few years ago to start opening one or two gifts a day  the week before Christmas. I have found this has aided my children in being appreciative of that gift for the whole day, and not looking for more.

We reserve Christmas day for Jesus.  A cake, opening the stockings, the sparkle box gifts, and looking through gift magazines to offer our gifts to Him. The kids already have been praying and circling the things they would like to give in His name.

DSC_0741

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Goats, Blankets, Books, Toys, Agriculture packs… HOPE!

My Christmas Bucket list:

Bless others around us.

Give anonymous gifts.

Serve.

Invite others in.

Enjoy His Creation!

Go caroling.

Find moments to comfort those who are hurting this season.

Remember it’s about the cross!

 

May all your celebrations  point to Him!

Merry Christmas,

Kare

 

Coo-Coo, Coo- Coo! December 29, 2010

Filed under: Arts,christmas,Pondering — karenevoy @ 5:30 pm

 

I have organized the homeschool closet, planned future lessons, cooked, cleaned, read, played, chatted, surfed, pondered and prayed!

 I am still going crazy(coo-coo) with boredom!

I have strict instructions from the principal not to start up school with the kids until  next week. I don’t know if I’m going to make it…

Yesterday when Cliodhna was napping and Kai was working on a craft that took him an hour ( on any other day I would recommend it highly because well, it’s an hour!!) I actually turned on the Tv in the day for the first time since ..Uhm, ?

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Seeing as though we only have two channels, I caught the ending of Oprah.  The original cast of  The Sound Of Music was on so that entertained me for those glorious 15 minutes.

“One little girl in a pale pink coat heard

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo

She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd

Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo……”

Ahem.

Anyway, as  I was saying,  I need to get a hobby before next holiday or I may be forced to take extreme measures.

Seriously people, I almost, almost, considered exercising!

” Coo-coo, Coo-coo!”

Jay came home from work and  called me ” The best wife ever!”  Rats! No work to be done there… well, today anyway.

Last post I was concerned with being ” Normal” pretty sure this concludes  I. Am. Not.

I have had time to write resolutions.

 Do them.

 Scrap them.

Think up new ones. 

I had no idea homeschooling took up this much of my time.

 I had no idea how much I missed teaching.

I had no idea  I would feel this way.

I actually had scheduled in this next week to be recovery from the holidays and teaching burn out.

I’m sure burnout will come, and it will be when I don’t have a scheduled break!

Kids are nestled snug in their beds and Jay is off to work.

  I’m off to do one of Kai’s Mosaic crafts, that will kill an hour right?

Kidding,  I am going to watch an infomercial about The Ten Minute Trainer while eating leftover Oreo balls.

Okay really,

 So long, farewell
Auf Weidersehen, goodbye

The sun has gone
To bed and so must I

Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye

(your turn!)
Goodbye

But now Oreo balls sound good.